What We’re Reading: May

Each month the NSW Writers’ Centre staff share what we’ve been reading. On our bookshelves this month are Taboo by Kim Scott, The Friendship Cure by Kate Leaver, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, and Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee. Jane McCredie, Executive Director I saw ...

Spotlight On: Graham Wilson

Each month, we shine our spotlight on a member of the Writing NSW community to learn more about their writing journey, achievements and inspirations. This May, our Spotlight On features Graham Wilson, author of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope Children, the Old Balmain House series and the Crocodile Dreaming series. Wilson will be launching his latest novel, Arnhem's Kaleidoscope Children, at the NT Writers ...

Book Review: Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills

Jennifer Mills sets her novel, Dyschronia, in the run-down coastal town of Clapstone. Sam is twenty-five-years-old. The townsfolk view Sam as their oracle and depend upon her visions to bankroll their survival. And yet a great catastrophe has occurred, far worse than any in the past (and there have been many disasters and misfortunes): the sea has disappeared, seemingly taking ...

Book Review: Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis

When the entire family of a local professor turned best-selling author is brutally murdered in their home, the husband in question, Thomas Huston, immediately becomes the prime suspect of the investigation. For many in the small Pennsylvanian town in which Two Days Gone is set, it's a tough pill to swallow. By all accounts, Huston was a respected and upstanding citizen. What ...

Tips on writing for children with Davina Bell

Author and editor Davina Bell has spent a lot of time thinking about how to infuse picture books with magic. A former senior editor at Penguin Books, Davina currently works on the children's list at Affirm Press in Melbourne, and she's authored a number of award-winning picture books. Her most recent book, Under the Love Umbrella, was published in 2017. We spoke to ...

Book Review: Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing by Daniel Tammet

In his early school years, numbers were Daniel Tammet’s closest friends—each had a unique personality, shape, colour, texture and feel.   Number 6 was cold, dark and sad, 25 “the kind of number you would invite to a party”, and the number pi was “beautiful.”  He thought, felt and even wrote poems in a private language of numbers.  A “misfit… in ...

Book Review: Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau

Monk and her father live in a tiny Chinatown apartment. Her mother is long gone, her sister is unhappily married, and her father spends his days on the couch, bitter about his failed artistic career. When Monk meets worldly rich kid Santa Coy, she sees a chance to venture into a more sophisticated world. But when she introduces him to ...

Finding depth and nuance with Brook Emery

Brook Emery has published five poetry collections, including and dug my fingers in the sand, which won the Queensland Premier's Prize. We spoke to Brook about writing poetry, the process of gathering ideas and the value of re-drafting. Tell us a bit about your process. What sparks an idea, and what follows? I don't really have a process or a writing routine. ...

Writing on Our Calendar: May

May is packed with literary goodness! The Sydney Writers’ Festival is kicking off and there is a whole feast of readings, slams and launches to keep you busy! 30 April to 6 May: Sydney Writers’ Festival Sydney Writers’ Festival is right around the corner! With over 400 events, it’s hard to pick which ones to go to—but luckily we’ve made a handy ...

Delighting in the details with Phil Spencer

We spoke to funny man Phil Spencer about performing, and ensuring a performance resonates, ahead of his one-day course at the Centre, The Horse's Mouth: Performing Stories. What does a story need in order to connect with an audience? A microphone, emotional authenticity and tiny, seemingly insignificant, details. Ultimately a really engaging story thrives on an energy that flows back and forth ...

Creativity tips with Hilary Bell

Ahead of her six-week course starting later next month, Starting from Scratch: Creativity for Writers, we spoke to playwright and children's book author Hilary Bell about how to get your creative juices flowing. While sometimes inspiration comes easily, other times it can seem like it's in hiding. Where can writers go looking to find new ideas? Just about anything can be source ...

Our Picks: Sydney Writers’ Festival

Julia Tsalis, Program Manager Interesting people talking about why they love reading and why they think its important, what’s not to love about that. Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz, Stuart Kells (a book trade historian), Glory Edim (founder of the Well-Read Book Club), and Tara Westover (raised by Mormon survivalist parents she has written a memoir about her struggle to educate herself) ...

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